10 Ways to Protect Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs are delicate and need protecting. Coral has been on earth for thousands of years, and we need them for the oceans to survive. Below are ten ways to do your part and help protect them.

Choose sustainable seafood.

Learn how to make smart seafood choices.


Conserve water.

The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually find their way back into the ocean.

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Volunteer to participate in reef or beach cleanups. If you don’t live near a coast, get involved in any sort of cleanup.  All water sources lead to the ocean in one way or another.

Be a marine debris hero!

In addition to picking up your own trash, pick up trash that others have neglected to collect and throw out properly.

Practice Safe Boating

Anchor in sandy areas and sea grasses so that the anchor and chain do not drag on nearby corals.


Don’t send chemicals into our waterways.

Nutrients from excess fertilizer increases algae growth that blocks sunlight to corals.

Use longer-lasting light bulbs.

Energy-efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse emissions. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the life of coal reefs. 

Check sunscreen ingredients!

Use UPF Sunwear and choose screens with chemicals that don’t harm marine life. 

If you dive or snorkel don’t touch.

Coral reefs are alive. Stirred-up sediments can suffocate the coral.

Our coral reefs are a gift.

It takes corals decades to create reef structures. Don’t take anything from them. Look don’t touch!

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